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stemple

Line breaks: stem¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈstɛmp(ə)l
 
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Definition of stemple in English:

noun

archaic
Each of a number of crossbars in a mineshaft, serving as supports or steps.
Example sentences
  • A nerve testing traverse across a ninety foot deep stope on wooden stemples gets the adrenalin pumping, especially when trying to balance on one whilst taking photos!
  • The entrance drops steeply down over boulders to the head of the first pitch (rigging guide) where there is a stemple which did not, however, give the pot its name.
  • A bit of extra fun was three stemples a few inches above the water which had to be ducked.

Origin

mid 17th century: perhaps related to German Stempel.

Words that rhyme with stemple

temple

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